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World population to reach 9.8 bln in 2050, UN says

New York - The world's current population of 7.6 billion will balloon to 9.8 billion in 2050, with India's numbers to surpass China's in just seven years, a UN report said Wednesday.

16 killed in double suicide attack in NE Nigeria

Maiduguri - At least 16 people died in a double suicide bombing near a large camp for people made homeless by years of Boko Haram violence, Nigeria's emergency services and locals said Monday.

Suicide bombers kill 16 in NE Nigeria: emergency services

Maiduguri - At least 16 people were killed in suicide bomb attacks near a camp for those made homeless by Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria, emergency services said on Monday.

Money from Europe a lifeline for Nigerian families

Benin City - Grace and Sunday Otoide's house is the last one standing on Bata Road in Benin City, southern Nigeria. All the neighbours have left and the retired couple hope to do the same.

Nigeria sees a surge in separatist sentiment

Lagos - Nigeria's government is calling for national unity after southerners were given an ultimatum to leave the country's north, triggering renewed calls for independence elsewhere.

Ticket to Europe? Nigeria girls lured into sexual slavery

Benin City - In Benin City, Nigeria's capital of illegal migration, no one says the word "prostitution". The word on the street for the young girls who leave for Italy or France is "hustling".

Boko Haram kills 11 in NE Nigeria attacks: police

Maiduguri - Eleven people were killed when Boko Haram gunmen and suicide bombers launched a rare combined attack inside the strategic northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, police said on Thursday.

Buhari's health 'no cause for alarm': Nigerian govt

Abuja - Nigeria's information minister on Wednesday said fears for President Muhammadu Buhari's health were unfounded, despite more than three weeks with no word about his condition.

Calabar: slave trade to people trafficking in SE Nigeria

Calabar - They travel thousands of kilometres across west Africa to get to the southeast Nigerian city of Calabar where small boats are supposed to take them to a better life.But these migrants aren't about to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

Shutdown for 50th anniversary of Biafra declaration

Onitsha - Shops, schools and businesses were shut in southeast Nigeria on Tuesday, 50 years to the day since the declaration of an independent republic of Biafra sparked a brutal civil war.

Nigeria's Buhari absent on second anniversary as president

Abuja - Nigeria's ailing president was glaringly absent on Monday as his deputy marked their two years in power, with no word on the head of state's health three weeks after he went on indefinite medical leave.

Fifty years of Lagos. But what about the next 50?

Lagos - The Nigerian megacity of Lagos, with its 20 million inhabitants, is the biggest in sub-Saharan Africa and is celebrating its 50th anniversary.But how do those who have made their name in Lagos envisage the city in 50 years' time?

Lagos turns 50: half-a-century of urban chaos

Lagos - It's only when the thick smog of humidity and pollution lifts that the size of Lagos becomes clear: from above, the megacity of some 20 million people seems to stretch out to infinity.

Funding shortfall hits starving in NE Nigeria: UN

Lagos - Lack of funding is forcing aid agencies to cut feeding programmes for starving people in northeast Nigeria, the UN said Thursday, warning of growing pressure on resources as refugees return.

Suspected Boko Haram jihadists kill vigilantes in Nigeria

Kano - Suspected Boko Haram jihadists killed six people fighting alongside the military in two separate incidents in northeast Nigeria, vigilantes told AFP Sunday.

Joy as Chibok girls reunited with parents

Abuja - There were emotional scenes Saturday as 82 kidnapped Chibok girls released by Boko Haram Islamists earlier this month were reunited with their parents.

Boko Haram traps starving people in Nigeria, UN warns

Rome - Two million people are teetering on the brink of famine in northeastern Nigeria but efforts to reach some are being thwarted by Boko Haram jihadists, the UN's food agency said Thursday.

Alone in Maiduguri: the orphans of Boko Haram

Maiduguri - After a night on the streets, the pack of young boys move into Maiduguri's abandoned amusement park in the early morning to play on the broken-down rides.

Nigeria army chief warns troops about 'politicking'

Abuja - Nigerian troops have been told not to get involved in politics, the army said Tuesday, in a warning likely to resonate given the country's history of coups and with the president currently abroad and ailing.

Boko Haram video of purported Chibok girl worries parents

Kano - The Boko Haram jihadist group has released a video claiming to show Chibok schoolgirls who refused to be rescued as part of a recent swap deal with the Nigerian government.

Chibok girls to reunite with parents 'next week': Nigeria

Abuja - Eighty-two Chibok schoolgirls who were released after being held for more than three years by Boko Haram will be reunited with their parents next week, according to Nigeria's minister for women.

Nigerian lawmakers probe outspoken traditional ruler

Kano - Lawmakers in northern Nigeria have opened an investigation into corruption claims against one of the country's leading traditional rulers, whose progressive views have caused controversy in a conservative region.

Parents of Chibok schoolgirls face wait to be reunited

Kano - Eighty-two Nigerian schoolgirls who were released from Boko Haram captivity after more than three years face a wait to be reunited with their families, a town elder said on Wednesday.

Mobile phones ring changes for Nigeria's music industry

Lagos - Phizbarz is only 23 but hopes to become the next Nigerian Afropop star to be famous across Africa -- and to get himself known and earn a living, he's using his mobile phone.

Chibok girl refused to be part of release deal: Nigeria

Abuja - A schoolgirl who was among more than 200 kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 refused to be part of a release deal because she is now married to a militant fighter, Nigeria's government said Tuesday.

Health of Nigeria's president stokes governance concerns

Lagos - President Muhammadu Buhari had warned Nigerians when he returned from nearly two months of medical treatment in London that he was likely to have go back. On Sunday night, he did just that.

Pressure on Shekau, Buhari's health led to Chibok girls' release

Kano - Military pressure, in-fighting within Boko Haram and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's health combined to secure the release of 82 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, sources said Monday.

Nigeria president leaves for 'follow-up medical consultation'

Abuja - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari headed to London on Sunday for what his office said was a "follow-up medical consultation" with his doctors, after weeks of mounting concern about his health.

Freed Chibok girls to meet Nigeria's Buhari after swap deal

Abuja - Eighty-two of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria in 2014 arrived in Abuja on Sunday to meet President Muhammadu Buhari after a prisoner swap deal secured their release.

Boko Haram planning foreign kidnaps in NE Nigeria: US, UK

Lagos - Britain and the United States on Friday said Boko Haram was preparing to kidnap foreigners in remote northeast Nigeria, which is in the grip of a food crisis caused by the conflict.
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